FEST CONFERENCE 2021 – Svendborg

6th to 9th of October 2021

Innovation on the Shoulders of Tradition

The FEST 2021 conference - Innovation on the Shoulders of Tradition, is hosted by Fortaeler i Danmark. Each year we welcome over 100 participants and different stakeholders from the international storytelling community inviting them to meet and wield new alliances, share knowledge and best practices, explore and develop new skills. The conference will focus on innovation of the performing art in this changing world, innovation of the tradition of oral storytelling and the role of tradition in renewing the art. We will offer workshops and lectures, open discussions and structured network opportunities. 


The conference will be based in Svendborg, a pretty and historical harbour town of Southern Denmark. From here the conference participants will have a day trip to: Odense, where the Hans Christians Andersen centre, part of University of Southern Denmark will host one or more lectures,


Hotel Svendborg - https://hotelsvendborg.dk/en/welcome/


Supported by

The Creative Europe programme of the EU


Past Conferences


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